Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book called: The Home Place  by  Carrie La Seur

The Home Place gives great insight into the things that define who we are. Home-the people, place, and circumstances we cannot control, but sometimes have to face in order to understand who we are inside. Place- the landscape, pride, and weather, all far beyond our control but also important to who we become.

My teaser:

pg.19

In the distance is the faint peal of church bells. How many years has it been since she last slipped into the cushioned pews of First Congregational Church in Billings.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received one book for review this week:  The Antigone Poems  by  Marie Slaight

Reading:  The Medici Boy  by John L' heureux

What did you receive this week?



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday


Taken from Difficult SAT Words

Decry- to criticize openly.

Diffident- shy, quiet, modest.

Impinge- to impact, make an impression.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser Today comes from: Ice Shear   by M.P. Cooley

   A small-town cop's murder investigation turns deadly when she uncovers a web of politics and drugs linked to an outlaw motorcycle gang in this gripping debut suspense novel from promising talent M.P. Cooley.

Teaser:

pg. 12
    Her long, dark blond hair spilled out around her, whipping up when the frequent gusts hit it, its movement in sharp contrast to her absolute stillness.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received two new books in my mailbox.

Never Had A Dream Come True   By Jennifer Wenn , courtesy of the author.

Looking for Me    By Beth Hoffman
  courtesy of Tandem Literary publicity & marketing.

Dianne Ascroft - Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves is a collection of half a dozen short stories with Irish connections. Tales of outsiders who discover they belong, a humorous slice of life yarn, heartwarming love stories and a tale of taming fear. The shadows are on the wall, in the heart and clouding a woman’s memories while tangible foes tramp through the physical landscape. The stories were previously printed individually in a variety of publications, including Ireland’s Own magazine, Dead Ink Books’ website, and the anthologies, Fermanagh Miscellany and Tuesdays At Charlie’s.


My Review

I found this book to be a delightful collection of short stories that are centered around the people of Ireland. It is short and sweet and brings out memories both personal and family related that will touch your heartstrings. Truly, an enjoyable read.

***

Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves can be purchased at:
Amazon U.S., Amazon U.K.

Price/Format: $1.16 ebook
Pages: 39
Genre: Romance, Short Story Collection
Release: June 16, 2012
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About the Author

Dianne Ascroft is an urban Canadian who has settled in rural Northern Ireland with her husband and an assortment of strong willed animals. She writes contemporary and historical fiction with an Irish connection. She has released the short story collection, Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves and a novel, Hitler and Mars Bars. Her articles and stories have been printed in Irish and Canadian magazines and newspapers as well as in anthologies by Writers Abroad, Fermanagh Writers and Fermanagh Authors’ Association.

Links to connect with Dianne:
Web Site
Blog
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Blog Tour Site


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Friday, April 11, 2014

Bellagrand by Paullina Simons Review- Post

Bellagrand   by Paullina Simons       Review-Post

  After their whirlwind romance, Gina and Harry must learn what it really takes to mesh their families and their cultures.
Bellagrand follows Harry and Gina after the Happily Ever After.

My Thoughts:
As a very young immigrant Italian girl, Gina meets and falls in love with a well to do young man, named Harry, who comes from a wealthy Boston family. They don't approve of the marriage and he having radical beliefs set out on a life of his own.
She has a difficult life with him as he is always landing in jail with his off color speeches.
I found her love for him to be steadfast, during the ups and downs in their marriage, it was truly a remarkable story

.A good read.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

James Moser - Chasing Prophecy - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

Mo is a shy teen who is just trying to survive high school. He has secretly fallen in love with a girl named Prophecy who lives with a group that some call a commune and others call a cult. When she disappears, Mo must find the courage to face the monster that her family has become. Chasing Prophecy is a contemporary coming of age story that is heartwarming, suspenseful, and beautifully written. This book chronicles the adolescence of one boy who must transform himself to save the girl of his dreams.

***

A stellar read for teens and adults, full of hilarious growing pains, tenderness and a few surprises. Moser’s debut is an unflinching young-adult novel that sees a group of friends tested by bigotry and the illegal machinations of a religious cult. The author serves up an irresistibly wisecracking narrator in Mo Kirkland. Every page ripples with a controlled cleverness. There’s also a rawness to this tale similar to that which many teens face in the real world. Moser can wax rhapsodic about young love, but he shows that he knows how to raise the tension in the second half of the novel. -Kirkus Reviews


My Review

Mo is a teenage boy who is trying to survive his high school years, dodging a horde of angry bullies on a daily basis. He falls hard for a spirited girl named Prophecy who lives within a cult-like group. Mo, on the other hand, has two lesbian moms who are totally supportive of him. This is a quintessential coming of age story filled with action and suspense from beginning to end.

It's a book young people will devour. But it's accessible enough for readers of all ages. I know I couldn't stop furiously flicking through the pages eager to find out what happens to Mo and Prophecy.

***

Chasing Prophecy can be purchased at:
Amazon, Smashwords

Prices/Formats: $2.99 ebook
Pages: 237
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller, Paranormal
Publisher: Skookum Trail
Release: December 31, 2013
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About the Author

James Moser has always loved stories in all forms. He is in his fourteenth year of working with high school students. The author’s goal was to write a book that would inspire even his most reluctant readers. Young adults have always inspired him. As such, he wanted to show teenagers transforming themselves to overcome obstacles, which is what he watches them do, every day.

Moser has a B.A. in English and a Master’s degree in Secondary English Education. He lives in Seattle with his beautiful wife and eight year old son. When he’s not reading and writing, or thinking about reading and writing, he’s watching way too much television while snacking on frozen treats from Trader Joe’s. Man, those things are good.

Links to connect with James:
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Blog Tour Site


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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Funny Sounding & Interesting Words

1.Bumfuzzle- Confuse; perplex, fluster.

2. Ubiquitous- Existing or being everywhere at the same time: constantly encountered.

3.Cattywampus- Askew, kitty-corner.





Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today from the book I am still currently reading called, Bellagrand by Paullina Simons.

pg. 305
"Yes, the sun is merciless here," she said, wearing a light cotton housedress, Her curls piled every which way. "You'll see soon enough."

Friday, April 4, 2014

Michael F. Stewart - The Terminals - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

- Sometimes the dead don’t want to talk.
You need Terminals to make them. -

Terminals solve crimes in this realm by investigating them in the next.

Lt. Col. Christine Kurzow, fresh from a failed suicide attempt after she cost 11 of her soldiers their lives, is recruited into the covert unit of Terminals as a handler. It's an easy sell. If she's really determined to die, it’s a chance to give her death meaning.

But her first case—convincing a monk to chase Hillar the Killer into the afterlife to find the location of a missing bus and the children it carried—has her wondering how to make a dead psychopath talk.

Christine must follow the clues sent back by the shotgun-toting monk, who tracks Hillar through the seven deeps of hell, so she can find eleven kids before it’s too late.

Maybe this time killing a man will give Christine a reason to live.

**The Television and Film production rights have been sold to Jim Donovan (Best Director 2013, Canadian Screen Awards) and on to his partners of Sudden Storm Entertainment.


My Review

Lt. Col. Christine Kurzow attempts suicide after eleven of her soldiers die. To quiet the scandal of a female officer willing to take her own life, she is brought into a covert government unit as a euthanasia handler. Her first case is a monk dying of pancreatic cancer. She must convince him to chase Hillar The Killer into the afterlife in order to find the missing children whose bus he hijacked. Hillar The Killer was gunned down by a cop in a diner. Now no one knows where the children are hidden, and time is running out.

The characters are complex. You find yourself rooting for them to reach their final destination. The descriptions are noteworthy to a plot that's both engaging and intriguing. I found it hard to put down, definitely a page turner.

***

The Terminals can be purchased at:
Amazon, Barnes and Noble

Formats: ebook, paperback
Pages: 310
Genre: Paranormal, Thriller, Mystery
Release: April 15, 2014
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About the Author

Michael F. Stewart is the author of the Assured Destruction series, which sprawls across 3 books, 2 websites, 1 blog, 7 Twitter accounts, tumblr, Facebook, and 6 graphic origin stories. He likes to combine storytelling with technology and pioneered interactive storytelling with Scholastic Canada, Australia and New Zealand’s, anti-cyberbullying program Bully For You. He has authored four graphic novels with Oxford University Press Canada’s award winning Boldprint series. Publications of nonfiction titles on Corruption and Children’s Rights published by Rubicon Publishing as well as early readers with Pearson are all forthcoming in 2014 and 2015.

For adults, Michael has written THE SAND DRAGON a horror about a revenant prehistoric vampire set in the tar sands, HURAKAN a Mayan themed thriller which pits the Maya against the MS-13 with a New York family stuck in the middle, 24 BONES an urban fantasy which draws from Egyptian myth, and THE TERMINALS—a covert government unit which solves crimes in this realm by investigating them in the next. This series has already been optioned for film and television.

Herder of four daughters, Michael lives to write in Ottawa where he runs free writing workshops for teens and adults.

Links to connect with Michael:
Web Site
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Blog Tour Site


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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are taken from a book I just finished reading: The Widow's Walk.

Conical- having the shape of a cone.

Hirsute- hairy, shaggy, bushy.

Ameliorate- make (something
bad or unsatisfactory) better.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Widow's Walk by Robert Barclay Review- Post

The Widow's Walk    by  Robert Barclay     Review-Post

Her name is Constance Elizabeth Canfield and she tells him that Seaside has been her home for over 150 years. But Constance  is no ghost; rather, she claims that she has been somehow magically trapped between this life and the next.

My Thoughts:
This is a truly a romantic and haunting story of love between an ethereal woman and a flesh and blood man. I couldn't believe how it would survive and go on with such unusual circumstances such as these. But as the story progressed they found a way and the answers were very unusual.
If you like to be intrigued from page to page give this a try, I 'm sure you won't be disappointed.



Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from Bellagrand by Paullina Simons.

pg. 15

      Her hands were on the cold glass, her palms. The train was stopped in the well, waiting for a signal.They tried to make the best of it.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received four books in my mailbox last week.

The Medici boy   by John L'Heureux

Ice Shear   by M.P. Cooley

The Home Place by Carrie La Seur

Last Night At The Blue Angel  by Rebecca Rotert

Currently Reading:
Widow's Walk  by Robert Barclay